A day after man fires two rounds in air, security beefed up in Shaheen Bagh

Two layers of barricades have been put up at a distance of 100 metres each and have been placed on both sides of the road leading towards the protest venue.

Published: 02nd February 2020 11:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd February 2020 11:49 PM   |  A+A-

Shaheen Bagh protests

Protesting against Citizenship Act, women at Shaheen Bagh block the road. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav, EPS)


NEW DELHI: Security has been beefed up in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, the epicentre of anti-CAA protest in the national capital, a day after a man fired two rounds in the air near the venue.

Two layers of barricades have been put up at a distance of 100 metres each and have been placed on both sides of the road leading towards the protest venue, a senior police official said.

On Saturday, a 25-year-old man fired two rounds in the air at Shaheen Bagh and was later taken into custody.

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No one was injured in the incident.

There are many by-lanes which pass through the residential colonies and market area.

People also take these internal roads to reach the protest venue, police said.

"Whenever, the police tries to make an announcement or appeal to the people on any issue, there is a sharp reaction from the public, the official said.

False messages about police coming to vacate the venue are also being spread through the social media.

"To avoid any kind of untoward incident, we have put up two layers of barricades and thorough checking is also being done to verify who is entering the area, the official added.

A senior police official said, "We have sealed two major entry points on Road 13 A in the area.

Police teams are also keeping track of the situation and checking on entry points from the Kalindi Kunj side. To avoid any clash, we also dispersed other agitators who came to protest against road blockage."

The situation is under control and protest is being carried out peacefully at Shaheen Bagh, the official said.

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Locals said some volunteers, who work in shifts, have also been appointed to manage the checkpoints.

"Luggage or bags of each protester or media person is being checked to enure safety and security.

If required, identify cards are also being checked, said Ragib, a volunteer. On Sunday, several Assamese and local artists joined the protesters at Shaheen Bagh, where protests have been going on for over a month.

The protesters carried posters which read "reject NRC, CAA and NPR and "hum goli nahi chalayenge".

Fatima, a protester said "The opposition parties are trying to use this as a means to postpone elections as they fear dejection.

The political partial are trying to take advantage and create communal disharmony but we will not allow this to happen. We do not belong to any party. We are just fighting here for our rights,".

Noting that they will not move unless the government decides to rollback CAA and National Register of Citizens, the protesters said they don't fear bullets.

"I have been protesting here since day 1. We will continue to protest unless the government decides to rollback the CAA," said Ruksar, a resident of Shaheen Bagh.

"We don't fear bullets. If they think a firing incident will discourage us from protesting, they are wrong.

In fact, now more women have joined since the incident. Our spirits are high. We are ready to face any challenge but we will not move from here unless the newly amended act is taken back," said Zareen, a protester.

Another protester said that they are ready to face bullets.

"They came, fired and went back. But we are still sitting here holding our protest peacefully," she said.

Another agitator said, "Why is the government not ready to send their representatives here when we are ready to hold dialogues over the newly amended act.

When asked about the protest staged by the locals against the blockade of road, the protestors claimed that ambulances and school vans are being allowed to pass through.

"We are allowing ambulance and school vans to pass. They are trying to defame us and spread lies," one of the protesters who did not wish to be identified said.

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